A few weeks ago I posted about the foods I eat before and after a workout. While I enjoy those foods I mentioned, it’s fun to try and come up with new pre and post workout meals. Not only for myself, but for The Hubby. It took him awhile to really get on board with eating actual food to fuel and refuel his workouts. He used to eat a Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich before Crossfit then just drink protein powder after. Once I got him switched to eating proteins and fats before then healthy carbs after, he noticed a huge difference. In both the way he feels and performs. However, he is hard to please sometimes so I’m always trying to come up with something fun and delicious for him to enjoy.
We both sometimes like to enjoy a chia pudding before a workout but often don’t have time to sit and eat it. So I wanted to make something that still included the energizing chia seeds but was much more transportable.
Oh and of course it needed to taste really good 🙂
After a few tries, these were a winner!
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until finely chopped and creamy.
- Press into a mold or a loaf pan then refrigerate until firm. (If using a 8x8 baking dish double the recipe as they will be much thinner than pictured.)
- Cut into desired size and store in the fridge until ready to eat.
Two or three before a workout is a great energizing snack and is especially perfect for an early morning workout!
These are what I started my day with yesterday before my 5:30 am spin class. The only problem is you have to make sure to check your teeth before getting out of your car. Those chia seeds like to stick around sometimes 😉
Upon returning home I was greeted by my little man asking for breakfast. So after making him Anna’s pancakes (it was national pancake day), fruit and an egg, I made my breakfast.
Sweet potatoes, chicken apple sausage, spinach and an egg with coffee.
I enjoyed half an apple for a snack after gymnastics as we ran a few errands. Only half because they are HUGE Organic Fuji’s from Costco and The Love Nugget gobbled the other half down 🙂
Then it was home for lunch!
Salmon salad mixed with daikon, celery, capers and Tessemae’s Lemon Chesapeake in lettuce cups with veggies on the side. Yum!
A late afternoon snack from my Cave Cravings Box to hold me over until dinner.
If you haven’t heard of Cave Cravings, it’s one of those monthly snack package deals filled with different goodies.
The thing that makes this one stand out from some others is that all the snacks are Paleo friendly! I LOVE it! My box included a few new to me snacks and some favorites.
The Bearded Brother’s bars were something I hadn’t had yet but had seen them around. Mini Coco-Roons are one of my favorite treats as are Caveman Cookies. Sophia’s Jerky is the perfect clean protein snack packaged in single serve baggies for on the go snacks.
Cave Cravings has a few different subscription options starting at $27 a month. Not bad when you consider the price of the individual items included!
Dinner was a quick and yummy meal of chicken nuggets, Apricot honey mustard, with shredded sauteed cabbage, carrots and zucchini on the side.
Chicken Nugget recipe coming soon!
A cup of peppermint tea was enjoyed while catching up on a few DVR shows. Okay maybe just one show then it was off to bed. I was tired!
Now, head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out a bunch of more yummy eats for WIAW!
- Do you like chia seeds?
- What’s your favorite early morning pre-workout meal?